Monday, 25 October 2010

Make it Monday! Win a skein of undyed laceweight yarn!

If you're a Twitter fan you'll find another Make It Monday prize draw on my Twitter account today!

Simply Retweet the Make It Monday post, or, if you're not already a follower, add my tweets to your follow list, and you'll have the chance to win a 100g skein of one of my lovely laceweight yarns. To join Twitter, simply sign up for free here.

Choose from merino/silk, mohair, botany wool lace, merino/nylon, merino/cashmere, British wool lace or, brand new and just in stock, Bluefaced Leicester lace.

Good luck!

September Clubs - Cafe Latte

 Ever heard of Latte Art? Me neither until one of my lovely club members sent me a photo for the September colourway challenge. To see how amazing you can make the humble cup of coffee look, check out these brilliant pictures.

So, a big thank you to Carolyn, winner of the colourway challenge, not just for your super contribution, but also for introducing me to this fascinating artform. I hope you enjoyed your thank you prize : )

Oh, sorry, nearly forgot the yarny pictures - think swirls of deep mocha and coffee with a cream “foam”, dusted (of course) with a sprinkling of chocolate. Mmmmm.....!

Fibre Adventure was lots of fun with silk hankies, Massam roving and Shetland fleece.

Lovely Massam roving for Roving Medley members

And squooshy Merino/nylon sock yarn for Sock club members.

(It's no good - must now go and have coffee - in my new Tassimo - more of which later!).

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Spicy Squares Throw - Latest design for Simply Knitting

I was rather pleased when Simply Knitting asked if I could create rich, spicy colours for this month's design as I've been planning to make a throw in these colours for some time but never quite got round to it (nothing new there!).

We own a lovely blanket, handknitted by Pete's Nana as a going away present when he went to University. That was, erm, let's just say quite a few years ago, and it is looking a bit "well-loved " (which it has been). Not only that, but now that Will is nearly as big as his Dad, there just isn't enough of it to go round so we all try to curl up under it and fight over who gets to sit in the middle as they get the warmest spot!

So, as soon this blanket makes its way back to Tomkies Towers it will be an excellent addition to our living room and will hopefully be as well-loved as its companion.

(Of course, then it will be two blankets between three of us - hmmm, I feel another design may be required....)

Ooh and nearly forgot, there are two lovely new shades in our squishy Bluefaced Leicester Aran yarn, Paprika and Cinnamon and, even more exciting, all the shades are on offer at £8 instead of £8.90 per 100g skein.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Make It Monday Tweet Prize!

A little something for my Twitter followers today! If you already follow me on Twitter, you can re-tweet my "Make It Monday" tweet for a chance to win one of my Kool Aid Funky Dye Kits. If you're not a Twitter follower yet, add me to your follows and I'll include you in the prize draw too : )

(You'll find me as dtcrafts - not very imaginative but easy to find at least!).

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Holiday - the final day

It might have been the last day but we were determined to enjoy it! A trip to Padstow for souvenir (er, well, fudge and chocolate) purchases, Cornish pasties (what else?) and a going home present for me of a hand-drawn henna tattoo. I've always fancied a real one but I can't think of one design I'd want to have for the rest of my days so I went for the more flexible alternative. I think I shall have to learn how to do henna painting myself as I could get seriously into this!

There was also a rather unexpected, last-minute surprise.

Sitting in Padstow harbour was the Dawn Treader! Yes, for Narnia fans out there, I can report that the next installment is on the way and there is, indeed, a full-size Dawn Treader. And you could go on board too, how totally cool! Doesn't it look amazing?

Oh, and just before we left the house the boys wanted a picture of their cereal tower. I could try to explain how this was a prototype for a chimney to send carbon emissions outside the galaxy to solve the global warming problem but you'd probably think we were bonkers. It is, however, a lot of cereal for three people to have eaten in a week!

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